Jacksonville Fly Fishing

Welcome to Fly Fishing Jacksonville and Fly Fishing N E Florida. Blackfly Outfitter, the local flyfishing shop in Jacksonville Florida, is located in the heart of "flyfishing for Redfish" country but our area has so much more to offer to the fly angler. Fly Fishing is good 12 months out of the year and there isn't a day that you wouldn't expect to catch a trophy fish in our waters. Each quarter of the year provides a different set of weather circumstances and water temperatures that move bait in and out of our area. If you relate those variables to the substantial tides we have here in north Florida you can see that it takes quite a bit of local knowledge to catch a single fish. So how do you go about learning what to do, where to go and how to get there?

Blackfly Outfitter and it's Blackfly Fly Fishing Schools are the answer to all of those questions. Blackfly is your source for not only local fishing news but information about fishing worldwide. If you are in Jacksonville or anywhere else in the world, we have personal connections for just the right fishing guide and just the right combination of rods, reels and flies for every fishing lodge in the tropics and beyond.

The redfish is the number one fish targeted on a fly rod in North East Florida. Most people fish back up in the tidal marsh creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway at lower tides. You can see the redfish chasing shrimp, crabs and bait fish at low tide. This gives you the opportunity to sight fish and stalk the fish from kayaks, flats boats or Jon boats. Redfish eat crabs, shrimp and bait fish fly patterns but a black fly will catch more redfish than any other color.



Check out this great redfish video from one of the guys at the shop, Austin Bacon. Incredible job for his first video. Well done Austin!!!!!



If you don't have a boat to get you into the tidal marsh you can still fish for redfish in the surf or on the flood tide on top of the spartina grass. Flyfishing for redfish in the surf is best at the 3 natural inlets in N.E. Florida: Nassau Sound, Fort George Inlet and Matanzas Inlet. You will need to fish with a sinking fly line, with a chartreuse or gray clouser or bait fish flies. The north tip and the south tip of Little Talbot State Park and the south shore of Matanzas Inlet are the best areas to fly fish. You can wade knee deep and sight fish redfish that average 26 to 28 inches.

Flyfishing for redfish on the flood tides on the spartina grass flats is best from July thru November. This is the time we have high spring tides. A Northeaster or tropical lows will add extra days you can fly fish. Anytime the tide is over a 5.4 foot tide measured at the Mayport Tide station, the spartina marsh flats will flood. The classic spoon fly in gold, black, purple or a black yarn crab are the best flies. The flyfisherman will walk out on the marsh flats or take a boat to the flats, wait for the high tide and sight fish for tailing reds for about 2 hours before the tides go back. With all the different ways to flyfish for redfish in North East Florida it's no wonder the redfish is targeted the most by flyfishermen.

Give us a try; we pride ourselves on how satisfied you’ll be.
Call 904-997-2220 or visit our website www.blackflyoutfitter.com.
In Jacksonville: 11702 Beach Blvd. Ste 103
In the Strike Zone Fishing Center.


Local and Corporate Fly Fishing Charters

Black Fly Outfitter owner Vaughn Cochran, a Florida native, specializes in quality fishing charters not only in Jacksonville but worldwide. With years of group charter experience, Vaughn and the experienced staff at his destination fly shop in northeast Florida, will give you and your company just the kind of corporate fishing charter experience you’re looking for. Vaughn and Jean Cochran have managed several of the top tier fishing lodges in Central America and the Bahamas and know what it takes to deliver professional guides and service to special and demanding clients.

Vaughn is the fly fishing consultant for Guy Harvey’s Outpost Resorts and is an internationally accomplished contemporary marine artist. Black Fly Outfitter is a complete Outfitter for any fishing trip no matter where your dream takes you.
If you’re in Jacksonville or anywhere else in the world, we have personal connections for just the right fishing guide and just the right combination of rods, reels and flies for every lodge.

Targeted Species for Northeast Florida Flyrodders

January thru March

Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder and Bluefish.

April thru June

Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder, Bluefish, Jack Cravelle, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sheepshead and Black Drum.

July thru September

Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder, Bluefish, Jack Cravelle, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Ladyfish and Tarpon.

October thru December

Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Jack Cravelle, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Ladyfish and Tarpon.
As the weather gets colder during these months, we begin to loose the more warm water fish such as the tarpon, ladyfish, jacks, sheepshead and black drum. Our redfish, sea trout and flounder are here and active through this period and as we get into December the bluefish begin to show again.
During the colder months the water gets very clear and sight fishing is at it's best.